A teen has been charged following investigations into the Orange Bakehouse fire.
Police Media reported detectives arrested a 14-year-old boy in Orange at about 2.20pm on Friday.
He was taken to Orange Police Station and charged with two counts of malicious damage by fire and refused bail to appear before the Children’s Court on Saturday.
Investigations are continuing – no one was injured during the incident.
Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Linda Bradbury confirmed the fire was suspicious and the police were investigating the cause.
Inspector Bradbury said engineers were investigating the integrity of the building due to the damage caused by the fire.
Inspector Bradbury urged residents traveling on Summer Street to be careful.
“Be mindful of traffic in the area whether you’re on foot or in the car,” she said.
“Police are investigating the cause and anyone with information can contact Orange police on 6363 6399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
AN Orange business premises in Summer Street has been gutted by a fire which broke out late on Thursday night.
Orange Bakehouse, which with Bensons Cafe shares the former Midstate Jewellers building adjacent to the Commonwealth Bank, was closed for business on Friday morning as investigations continued as to what caused the blaze.
Firefighting crews from Bathurst and NSW Rural Fire Service were on hand at about 10.30pm to help Orange firefighters contain the fire.
At this stage the cause is unknown.
The owners of Bensons Cafe on Friday morning assured customers via Facebook that there was no fire damage to their premises, but said they would be closed until investigations had concluded.
Staff at the bank were also being kept out of their building as traffic was being diverted out of the left-hand westbound lane of Summer Street.